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Symposium 'Disiecta Membra Musicae'. The Study of Medieval Music Manuscript Fragments (ca. 800-1500)

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Symposium 'Disiecta Membra Musicae'. The Study of Medieval Music Manuscript Fragments (ca. 800-1500)

Time: March 19, 2018 at 5pm to March 21, 2018 at 6pm
Location: Magdalen College, Oxford
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Event Type: symposium
Organized By: Giovanni Varelli
Latest Activity: Feb 21, 2018

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The aim of the Symposium ‘Disiecta Membra Musicae’ is to reflect on issues of methodology, historiography and materiality raised by surviving fragmentary music manuscript sources from the Latin Middle Ages (ca. 800-1500).

Although musicologists have dealt with fragments since the very early days of our discipline, a collective, up-to-date, and comprehensive discussion of the various techniques and approaches for their study is still lacking. On-line resources have recently become increasingly crucial for the identification, study, and textual/musical reconstruction of music manuscript fragments. However, the considerable number of different databases and digital platforms still calls for the first ever experts’ assessment of accessibility and potential for use in musicological research.

‘Disiecta Membra Musicae’ aims, on the one hand, at taking a ‘snapshot’ of the most up-to-date state of the art of the study of medieval music fragments in Europe, the variety of methodologies for the study of the repertory, transmission, musical palaeography, codicology, liturgy, historical and cultural context, etc. On the other hand, participants will take this opportunity to reflect also on broader issues, such as the role of fragments in last century’s musicology, how did fragmentary material shape our conception of the written transmission of music in the Middle Ages, what can fragments still tell us, is ‘fragmentology’ still useful, how are new fragments discovered in the ‘digital age’, etc.

The keynote address will be given by Dr Margaret Bent (All Souls College, Oxford).


Susan Rankin, David Hiley, Jurij Snoj, Sean Dunnahoe, Daniele Sabaino, Helen Deeming, Paweł Gancarczyk, David Catalunya, Christian Leitmeir, Karl Kügle, Reinhard Strohm, Julia Craig-McFeely, Christoph Flüeler, Zsuzsa Czagány, Nicolas Bell.

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